Paint it Forward: Lancaster Painting is preparing the return of a popular charity event

Lancaster Painting is gearing up to hold its popular Paint it Forward charity event for the 10th year. The local business is currently accepting nominations to offer its services to community members for the first time since 2019 after being forced to go on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Jennifer Petitt of Lancaster, Paint it Forward is an annual event where the company donates a paint job worth up to $10,000 to a local resident or non-profit organization. In previous years Lancaster painted residential homes in Turlock and helped paint the exterior of Jessica’s House’s new location in Turlock.

“We take nominations throughout the year, with most coming between November and December,” Petitt said. “We collect the nominations and talk about them in our Christmas company and our team votes for the one they want to do.”

While the company serves Merced, Stanislaus, and San Joaquin counties, Lancaster hosts its Paint it Forward event in the same areas.

“It’s just a way to give back and come together as a team because without our community and the people who use our business, we wouldn’t be where we are today,” she said.

However, Lancaster isn’t taking the initiative to give back alone. Petitt explained that Sherwin Williams was a regular paint donor while Paul’s Paint of Turlock donated additional supplies.

“The guys on the team, their family members and their kids go out for the day and paint the facility,” Petiit explained. “We start the morning with a prayer, a donut and a coffee. We try to wrap up around noon, but sometimes we sit down a bit later, but then we all get together, have lunch, and hang out for a bit. For the people whose facility we manage, whether they are nonprofits or a residential landlord, their families are also invited to come and participate and eat lunch and breakfast with us.

The event is something the Lancaster team looks forward to every year, especially this year after the long layoff.

“Our crew really looks forward to it every year,” Petitt said. “We just want to spread the word as much as possible so we can get nominations to help those in need. We really like to give back what we have received.

To nominate a local resident or nonprofit as a recipient of Lancaster’s Paint it Forward initiative or to learn more about the event, go to

Joseph K. Bennett